Thursday, 27 November 2008 17:00

The Dancing Moose Community Garden

Community-Garden-LogoCommunity Gardens are growing in popularity across the nation.  This new craze may be attributed to a number of unique advantages including the opportunity for community involvement and service, growing healthy, organic, delicious produce, and educating adults and children on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. 

Dancing Moose children are delighted to see how seeds germinate and grow into plants.  They enjoy watering plants and learning how they develop to produce beautiful fruits and vegetables.  The best part of the process is the pure enjoyment that comes from eating the organic produce that promotes healthy growth and development. 

These are all reasons that the Dancing Moose Community Garden was organized, and it continues to delight children and their families as they participate in the plant growing process.  This is one of the important aspects of the Dancing Moose commitment to children’s healthy lifestyles.  


PROBAR, a corporate leader of healthy food, is a partner in the Dancing Moose Garden and has a passion and belief for real, whole foods. Not only is PROBAR committed to real, quality whole foods for their product, they are committed to help provide that to their employees and those in the community as well. The partnership with the community garden has proved successful in sharing PROBAR’S passion for high quality, organic and delicious food. 

Garden Director, Stacy Perkins

Stacy grew up on a small farm in southern Idaho.  Her love for the outdoors led her to graduate with her Environmental Science Degree from Southern Oregon University.  Along the way, Stacy recognized a love for teaching and pursued her AMS credential from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado.  Stacy pursued her teaching career in Utah at Little Miner’s Montessori and Dancing Moose while enjoying the beautiful skiing, mountain biking and gardening Utah has to offer.  


Dancing Moose approached Stacy in the fall of 2010 to be an integral part in developing and designing a community garden.  Stacy was thrilled at the prospect of combining her two loves:  gardening and teaching.  She jumped on board and spent countless volunteer hours building the framework of the garden and advising fellow gardeners on best practices using her Master Gardener credential.  She has created a Montessori Garden Curriculum for students at Dancing Moose, and is thrilled to see the excitement of children as they plant, care, harvest, eat and enjoy organic food.  Stacy continues as the Garden Director of Dancing Moose Community Garden and offers free garden workshops and advice to members.

Registration Information

Read the garden bylaws, fill out the garden application and submit the $50 annual fee to the front desk of Dancing Moose.  Applications can also be emailed to Stacy Perkins at .  Applications are subject to a lottery system for plots available.  If your application is not chosen in the lottery than your application fee will be refunded and your name will be added to a wait list.

Paul-Brown-Architect-Rendition-Dancing Moose Gardens4 x 12 foot raised bed garden plot Garden Benefits include:

  • soil
  • irrigation
  • water
  • access to garden tools
  • access to compost when available
  • free gardening workshops 
  • garden support from a Master Gardener

Volunteer Workdays

Workdays will be every third Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm following workshops.  Families are invited to work together.

Dancing Moose Community Garden Wins 2012 Medal for Best of State



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Spanish-Immersion-Program-2Children have flourished in their Immersion classrooms that were initiated in the fall of 2011, and our upcoming academic year will continue full time Spanish and Mandarin Immersion as part of a Dual Language classrooms.  Two teachers will alternate teaching core curriculum in each language, providing the perfect opportunity for children to excel in both languages as they learn from a teacher whose first language is English and a second teacher whose first language is Spanish or Mandarin.  Ample research indicates that cognitive advantages occur beyond language acquisition to excelling in critical and creative thinking skills across multiple subject areas.

Dual Immersion Academic Goals

Spanish-Immersion-Program-3The majority of children in the Kindergarten Dual language classroom speak English as a first language.  The primary academic goal will be to support Kindergarten core objectives in English and supplement activities in Spanish or Mandarin on a daily basis.  Children will work on class activities in both their second language and English; one teacher will speak in English and the other will speak primarily Spanish or Mandarin in the classroom; language arts and mathematics instructional materials will be available in both English and the second language. 

Spanish-Immersion-Program-4Academic Research Supports the Dual Language Classroom

Dancing Moose is not introducing a new concept with its Dual Language classroom, but it is certainly taking advantage of the momentum of quality programs around the country that are capitalizing on children’s enhanced creativity and analytical thinking in a Dual Language program.  Virginia P. Collier and Wayne P. Thomas, noted researchers in Dual Language programs, have documented that children exposed to a second language learn at a more rapid rate.  Bilingual researcher Ellen Bialystok of York University in Toronto stated that “several studies have linked bilingualism to improved working memory, which is associated with reading and math skills.” 


In research conducted at Nanjing University in China, bilingual seven-year-old children outperformed their monolingual peers on two working memory tests—one requiring them to recall and rearrange a series of numbers and the other to retrace a pattern of hops made my an animated frog on a computer screen.  Researchers say that the best way to become proficient in a second language is to start young and practice often (Scientific American Mind, July/August, 2011).

Kindergarten is an ideal time for children to begin to experience the advantages of Dual Language instruction, and we look forward to continuing our Dual Language Classrooms at Dancing Moose this fall.

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What Our Parents Say

  • Jamie & Ken B:  Too many great things to narrow it down to just a few lines! But we'll try!  We love that all the teachers and administrators are always smiling and positive - it sets the stage for a great learning environment for our child and let's us know that they truly care about all the children.

  • Keith W:  Moving here from the east coast, we were concerned about finding the proper level of education for our daughter. Dancing Moose was just opening and when we did our tour, Dr. Joyce impressed me with her professionalism,enthusiasm, and academic prowess. We started our daughter in the toddler class and never looked back. Now, four years later we have both our children in Dancing Moose and could not be more pleased. Not only is the education second to none, and I would apply that not to only utah, but the entire country, the family atmosphere is phenomenal. I would recommend Dancing Moose to all toddler to 2nd grade children.  I can not understand why anybody would go anywhere else.

  • Alexis J:  Aislynn loves going to school at Dancing Moose, she's excited every day to tell me or any other adult near her what she did in school that day.  I love the flexibility the teachers are allowed, how every student gets to work at their own pace and none of them seem overwhelmed or bored.

  • Cherie M:  I commute everyday to the Dancing Moose, usually about 20 minutes each way from my Holladay home. Though commuting is not my favorite activity, I have found it is worth every second of my time. My son, Liam Emsley, is so happy when I pick him up and drop him off, sometimes I have to convince him it is time to leave school and go home! The state of the art facility is top notch, the teachers are warm and friendly, the school lunch/snack program is the best I found when I was researching school options. Needless to say, I am a big fan of the Dancing Moose!

  • Michelle M:  Our family loves the Dancing Moose Montessori for so many reasons.  The most important reason, is that our son absolutely loves his teachers and the other staff. We love the diversity and acceptance of students and staff and we also love that the Moose is community oriented and working on a "green" future. 

  • Shannon C:  Transplants to UT from OR.  This is our second year at DMM.  We feel safe, comfortable, love coming to school everyday to learn from a FANTASTIC curriculum,  really enjoy the flavors from Chef Renee, organic gardening and most of all the consistent unconditional love from each teacher with our little ones!  Thank you Dancing Moose for providing my children a great early childhood educational experience!

  • Christian M:  Dancing Moose distinguishes itself in the quality of academic education the school provides to young children, and also in the environment it creates for learning to occur.  Perhaps most-importantly, our son loves it!

  • Chris P:  Some of the things I like best about Dancing Moose have nothing to do with what goes on in the classroom.  I like that the place is wind powered, has a community garden and has a chef making food from scratch every day.  These are manifestations of values which I hold dear.  I am happy that Dancing Moose shares these values.

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